‘Mac’ McNeill – WW2 Veteran – A tribute

Posted on: Mon 1 Jan 2024

It’s fitting that at long last… 77 years after the end of World War Two, one of ‘Mac’ McNeill’s daughters publicly sheds light on her father’s right to proudly bear the title ‘ Australian War Veteran’. Mac’s wife would’ve been very relieved and very proud of this moment.

Maggie McNeill Baxter (one of Mac’s two daughters) tells the story, supported with comment by Secretary of the US Army Small Ships Association Daniel O’Brien OAM, and an emotive Ode To Seamen by the late Frank Finch OAM.

Maggie McNeill Baxter, Daniel O’Brien OAM and Frank Finch OAM
Maggie McNeill Baxter – A tribute to Mum
Mac McNeill served on the MV Lorinna during WW2 AWM Copyright expired

Main photo: McNeill Family on holiday Mt. Kosciuszko NSW circa late 1950s. All photos provided by Maggie McNeill Baxter and used with permission.

May Cathero (later to become May McNeill) Nursing at St Margaret’s Convalescent Hospital, Semaphore, SA circa 1940
Thomas McNeill on his wedding day July 1942 at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens
‘Mac’ and May McNeill in later life

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